Andy Hooper for Middlebury selectboard! Andy is an all-around great guy. He is intelligent, erudite, compassionate, and even-tempered. I have known him as my neighbor and friend ever since he moved in next door to our farm on South Munger Street. My first impression of him was that he was willing to talk to anyone at any time, which is a great quality for an elected official.
As I grew to know him I found him to be a quintessential Vermonter — a love of Cabot cheese and maple syrup, from multiple generations living in this state, wily, the whole nine yards. Andy taught me a lot about...
I was fortunate enough to meet Esther Thomas shortly after she moved to Middlebury, and I am thrilled that she is running for a seat on the Middlebury selectboard. Esther has shown herself to be one of those people who looks for ways to be of service by building community wherever she goes. She is a bright light, an excellent communicator, and a warm-hearted leader.
I met Esther when she started attending our church, where she immediately joined our worship team and showed herself to be a powerful public speaker.
Esther is dedicated to listening to Middlebury residents, and if elected to the...
I am writing in support of Esther Thomas for the one-year post on the Middlebury selectboard vacated by Victor Nuovo. Esther is a Residence Director at Middlebury College, part of the Student Life Staff. She moved to Middlebury to take this position two years ago and immediately fell in love with Vermont, and Middlebury in particular, recognizing it as a wonderful community in which to raise her two children.
With an undergraduate degree in history and communication, and a master’s in communication and public relations, Esther’s job requires her to manage a staff of 18 students. She is...
MIDDLEBURY — Esther Thomas and Andy Hooper on March 2 will compete for a one-year post on the Middlebury selectboard, while incumbents Lindsey Fuentes-George and Farhad Khan each will run unopposed for three-year terms on the panel.
Independent Senior Reporter John Flowers reached out to all four candidates to get a sense of what is motivating them to run, and a glimpse of what they hope to accomplish if endorse by voters on Town Meeting Day. What follows are brief profiles of the four candidates, based on interviews and/or email exchanges.
Esther Thomas moved to Middlebury...
BRANDON — There are three challengers for two one-year seats on the Brandon selectboard this Town Meeting Day, and they’re all under 40.
Allie Breyer and Lindsey Berk are running together as a slate of two candidates for the two seats, and Mike Markowski is challenging for either seat. Brando selectboard Chair Seth Hopkins and Vice Chair Doug Bailey currently occupy those one-year seats. Hopkins is running for re-election, but Bailey is not.
Berk, 37, is the Executive Director of ACORN, the Addison County Relocalization Network. The nonprofit’s mission is to promote the growth...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Town Meeting Day election ballot will include a two-person race for a one-year term on its selectboard.
That race features residents Esther Thomas and Andy Hooper, both vying for the one year left on the term of former Selectman Victor Nuovo, who resigned earlier this year in order to focus on writing and philosophy projects.
Meanwhile, incumbent selectboard members Lindsey Fuentes-George and Farhad Khan are unopposed for three-year terms on the panel.
The March 2 ballot will also include a race for a three-year term on the 13-member Addison Central School District (...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday voted 5-1 to have former selectboard member Laura Asermily join their ranks until Town Meeting Day, March 2.
Asermily was one of three residents who had offered to replace former Selectman Victor Nuovo, 89, who retired from the board last month citing a desire to focus on writing within the realm of philosophy.
Asermily this past March took a pass on running for re-election to the board after six years of service. At the time, she said she believed it was time for someone else to bring new energy to the town’s governing panel.
But when the...
LONGTME MIDDLEBURY SELECTMAN Victor Nuovo resigned from the board this week following 12 years of services. The board’s senior statesman, Nuovo celebrates his 89th birthday this Friday and wants to devote more time to his passion: Philosophy.
Independent photo/John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Selectman Victor Nuovo has resigned from the selectboard, citing his desire to probe the philosophical mysteries of life during the balance of his golden years.
Nuovo, who marks his 89th birthday on Nov. 13, is the Charles A. Dana Prof. Emeritus of Philosophy at Middlebury College. He’s been a celebrated scholar, educator and writer in that field for six decades.
At the same time, Nuovo has been a dedicated community volunteer. He joined the selectboard in 2006, serving until 2014. He returned to the board in 2016. He was the most tenured member of the board, serving...
MIDDLEBURY BUSINESS OWNER Matthew Delia-Lobo was one of three members of the group IDEAL (Invest, Divest, Educate, Abolish, Liberate) who gave the Middlebury selectboard a presentation on the history of systematic racism and its continuing impact today.
Independent photo/John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — The members of the Middlebury selectboard asked for a tutorial on white supremacy and the root causes of racism.
And that’s just what they got on Oct. 13 — a thorough primer that left town officials moved and searching for more information in the quest for racial justice in Addison County’s shire town and beyond.
The presentation, titled “Racism in Vermont,” was delivered by members of Middlebury IDEAL, which stands for “Invest, Divest, Educate, Abolish, Liberate.” The group is a collective of Middlebury-area residents working to “reduce systemic harm by creating new policies,...
The Middlebury Selectboard released this statement yesterday evening in response to the graffiti found in Marble Works:
The SelectBoard of the Town of Middlebury strongly condemns the heinous acts of vandalism desecrating public ways downtown with offensive Racist and Anti-Semitic graffiti. These actions are depraved and cowardly. They are hate crimes, and our town must not tolerate such behavior. Therefore, the Board commits itself to use all the powers of government under its jurisdiction to apprehend the perpetrators and prosecute them to the limit of the law. The SelectBoard also...